Originally Posted by eliduc
Over the past year I have advertised a truck and a boat for sale on Craig's List. The same scam artist replies to every ad and the reply is almost identical to the one described here. He offers to buy the item at full price. He can't come and pick it up himself because he is away on business. He is buying it for his son etc. I replied that the item would only be sold for cash in a face to face transaction. I was surprised when he emailed back and tried to persuade me to accept a Pay Pal payment. I also received a telephone call along the same lines. When I asked the guy if he was calling from Nigeria he went into a profanity rage and even called back when I hung up on him. It was pretty funny but this isn't. I would report this guy to your state Justice Department's Division of Consumer Affairs. You can probably file a complaint online. They are required to investigate the complaint. The darker side of this is that many of these scams are raising money for terrorist groups such as the Taliban. You might check with the court clerk to make sure the complaint was even filed.
Why wouldn't you accept a paypal payment? Pay Pal guarantees the funds that is why you use paypal. I would be pissed to if I was a legitimate buyer and you wouldn't take my money.